Today, 10 April, the first of our aircraft, the Ken Borek Twin Otter that will be used to land on the sea ice, is scheduled to arrive at the Canadian Forces Station Alert with Christian Haas and the air crew.
The remaining science team, Jeremy Wilkinson (British Antarctic Survey; BAS) and Julienne Stroeve (University College London; UCL), Henriette Skourup (Danish Technical University, DTU), and the BAS Twin Otter are stuck in Cambridge Bay for at least part of the day due to weather; they hope to make it to Resolute Bay later today.
Josh King (Environment and Climate Change Canada; ECCC), Arvids Silis (ECCC), and I (Justin F. Beckers, University of Alberta & York University) as well as our ECCC logistics coordinator Andrew Platt arrived in Alert on Wednesday last week having left Trenton, Ontario on 4 April with an overnight stop in Thule, Greenland.
As the ‘advance’ team we have been busy unpacking, sorting, charging, preparing, and repacking equipment. We have also been busy planning and writing the survey protocols, sampling plans and site plans.
Out on the last-fast ice near Alert. (A. Silis)
On Friday, we got out on the land-fast ice near Alert, making it through ...